Koch, Rosane F tima; Tambara Leite, Marinˆs; Hildebrandt, Leila Mariza; de Leon Linck, Caroline; Gomes Terra, Marlene; Takase Hisako Gon‡alves, Lucia
September 2013
Journal of Nursing UFPE / Revista de Enfermagem UFPE;set2013, Vol. 7 Issue 9, p5574
Academic Journal
Objective: to analyze the perception of depression in the understanding of the elderly participants in groups of familiarity. Methodology: study of qualitative approach, descriptive, for which was used semi-structured interview, recorded, to produce the data, which were analyzed according to the Technique of Content Analysis. The research project was approved by the Ethics Committee in Research, CAAE Nº 0085.0.243.000-11. Results: eight interviewed women have children, with average age of 65 years old, predominantly widows with monthly income of two minimum wages. The qualitative information converged to a category of nominated analysis << Depression is a dangerous disease >>. The elderly express their experiences related to depression and indicate ways to alleviate this suffering, but need more information about this disease. Conclusion: nursing professionals when recognizing the factors associated to the incidence of depression in old age can intervene and assist in illness situations to minimize the suffering of elderly patients with depression.


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